But see, KW, this is where your own statements betray your ideological purity. Wasn't it just 2 weeks or so ago where you replied to one of BandofClone's posts by saying something along the lines of: "People die..Sometimes (by terrorists attacks) the government can't protect everyone and people die every day by numerous causes..." Now, I'm paraphrasing here because I don't have your reply in front of me, (I'll go back in try and look it up if you want) but it stood out in my mind so strongly when you originally posted it. Because I'm not so sure you actually care about these "terrorist deaths" beyond the fact that you're using them to blame Bush. I could be wrong, as my own cynicism factors in here as well. But I'd also answer you with there are different levels of accountability. First and foremost is that people learn from their missteps. Waterboarding is no longer used, so that's a major result to come from this in itself, based on what the public wanted. The election itself is another form of accountability, which is how our government is set up. I'd also say that I don't think you want accountability, you want blood of your own. When we first started discussing this, you would post things like "It's only Bush, and no one else's fault." and "I don't care about anyone else, I want the Bush administration punished." That single minded attitude was more telling than anything. You've softened that tone recently to possibly include other people like Pelosi, but I again, I'd have to question the motivation behind your viewpoint here. It's you who keeps trying to characterize government, not as it is, as a multi-layered separation of authority, but as a KW-inspired entity that falls along your own perception of "Bush vs everyone else." In addition to what I posted above, I just don't see the comparisons in scale to this and other examples like the Nazi war crimes trial. Comparing this to the Stalinist purges and the like is absurd and not even an effective distraction. Once we accept that there are such moral scales, we can also accept that no government is perfect, and every government deals in potentially flawed policy. As such, the concept of accountability can include options other than full blown witch hunts and the like.